Part of Vela’s mission is to promote a culture of evidence-based decision-making. Evidence can be defined as the information collected from scientific research, facts, benchmarking data, best practices, collective experience, personal experience and intuition (CEBM). Below is our seven-step model to improve both critical thinking and evidence quality. Below is Vela’s comprehensive seven-phase model to enhance both individual and organizational decision-making and improve student and community outcomes.

ASK

Translating the practical issue into an answerable question.

AQUIRE

Systematically searching for and retrieving evidence from all sources.

APPRAISE

Critically judging the trustworthiness and relevance of the evidence collected.

AGGREGATE

Weighing and combining evidence from each source.

APPLY

Incorporating the evidence into the decision-making process and conversation.

ADVISE

Communicating ongoing feedback.

ASSESS

Evaluating the outcome of the decision that was made.